Centre for Brexit Studies to offer free introductory trade sessions

Business leaders and policy advisors are being offered free training to prepare for international trade deals following Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Birmingham City University’s Centre for Brexit Studies is hosting two free introductory sessions for its Mastering International Trade masterclasses, to allow key people to see how the courses could benefit their organisations or authorities.

A year on from the landmark referendum vote (23 June 2016) the special events are designed to prepare for new economic partnerships, after Brexit negotiations began last week.

The sessions will provide a sample of the topics covered in the masterclasses including the legal, business and economic implications of world-wide trade negotiations.

They will be held at Birmingham City University’s City Centre Campus on Tuesday June 27 from 2pm – 5pm, the second will be held on Monday July 3 at the Black Country Chamber of Commerce in Wolverhampton from 2pm – 5pm.

Professor Alex de Ruyter, Head of Birmingham City University’s Centre for Brexit Studies, said:

“Offering these free sessions will give business people and civil servants concerned with international trade in the new environment we find ourselves in with the chance to see how their knowledge and skills could be expanded to really make the most of international deals following our withdrawal from the EU.

“We live in uncertain times and at the Centre for Brexit Studies we always want to provide proactive opportunities to not only help document Brexit but also help people navigate as smooth a course as possible through it and beyond.”

The Centre for Brexit Studies will also host Michael Russell MSP as a special guest speaker next week (Monday June 26) for an event exploring Scotland’s future relationship with the Europe following Britain’s vote to leave the EU.

Mr Russell, who will be tasked with leading Scottish government’s talks with the UK government on Scotland’s relationship with Europe, will talk about his vision for renewed connections with the continent.

Professor de Ruyter added:

“To have Michael Russell visit the Centre will again help us shine a light on different elements of the Brexit process and the differences in opinions and approaches which make this such a historic period that we’re living in.”

“Scotland has a particularly complex situation to deal with, given that 62 per cent of voters opted for Remain so it will be interesting to hear how Mr Russell and others at the event envisage their future relationship with the EU.”

The trade events are limited to 20 people per session, to register email [email protected]. The Michael Russell MSP event can be booked via Eventbrite.

For more information visit: www.bcu.ac.uk/brexit

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